Intentionality; adj. The fact of being deliberate or purposive. Take a minute to think about the things you are intentional towards. Maybe these things include your diet or workout plan. Maybe you intentionally sleep in on Saturday mornings, or intentionally eat poorly on the weekends. Good or bad, every habit is established with intentionality and has the ability to transfer into a mundane task. Our bodies thrive off of finding rhythm. They adapt quicker than we pretend they do, and they are constantly striving for comfort. This is why any habit we establish can become routinely rhythmic over time. Our mind wants to be as efficient as possible and so do our bodies. Once we have established efficiency, intentionality has been lost.
This week I have been focusing on being more intentional with my actions. Change is not the only result of intentional actions. Intentionality births opportunity, comfort, love, care, loyalty, and refreshment. Intentional behavior transforms you from the inside, out. Let’s talk about different ways you can be intentional this week!
1.) Be intentional with the way you love and interact with others.
-Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, be mindful of how you love on those close to you and those you just met. If you are an extrovert who loves to be loud and control a conversation, think of how you can intentionally take time to listen to a friend and interact with them in a way that gives them a voice. If you are an introvert, come out of your shell, check in on a friend to see how their week is going. Tell someone what you love about them. If you are in a store and like a girl’s haircut—tell her! Little actions like these give you a wider array of impact which can lead you into a lot of rooms you never would have had access to before.
2.) Be intentional with how you serve others.
-What’s a way you can help out a friend or family member this week? Clean a back porch, pick up dinner, babysit for free. Maybe it’s a simple gesture, like picking up clothes from the dry cleaners or milk for the neighbor. You don’t have to be superwoman, but you can find little things help your friends in need! Be the dependable friend.
3.) Be intentional with you how you take care of your body.
-Go to the grocery store in the beginning of the week, plan your meals, plan your workouts the night before, drink your water, get your sleep, know when to take an off day or two. “I don’t have time to exercise” is the BIGGEST excuse! There is so much access to move your body every day. Look up a YouTube video when you get home from work, go for a jog, get up before work and go to the gym; find your way you like to move and DO IT. The issue is never not having enough time, it’s the lack of preparation and the lack of intentionality. Romanticize your workout routine. Be intentional, plan your workout date and get after it.
4.) Be intentional with how you take care of your mind.
- Getting up an extra thirty minutes in the morning to spend time sipping your coffee, being still and awakening your senses is a great way to mentally prepare yourself for your day ahead of you. Sleep is essential but when you wake up and are in a rush to eat, get dressed, and prep for your day, this can GREATLY affect your mood. Whether it’s reading, praying, writing or just sitting still, carve time out of each day to stay in a good head space. Intentional actions here will affect your social intentions.
5.) Be intentional with how you speak.
- Let your words be little bubbles of truth and encouragement encased in humility and honor. Words are sensitive but they carry easily and they travel far. Let your words be intentional, let them come from a place of wisdom, and let them come from a sound mind. Be intentional with how you think. If you struggle with judgement, force your mind to replace your initial thought with a spoken affirmation. Pretty soon it will become more and more natural. We all struggle with different battles but let your words be a weapon that fights for the defenseless and defends the attacked. Let your thoughts and words line up with your character. Lastly, intentionality matters not just in how you talk and think of others. It also regards how you think and talk about yourself. Intentional positivity, intentional truths about who God has called you to be.
As you carry out the rest of your week, take these practices into consideration. Start practicing intentionality in your family, in your business, with your friends, and in your daily routine. Watch how your environment can drastically change just by pressing in a little more. Be the best you every single day!
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